LANCUM-61F133: Religious icon made of silver probably a pilgrims mount perhaps 15th or 16th century Catholic related

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Unique ID: LANCUM-61F133

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Silver 'badge' in the form of a female bust, in quarter profile (left), wearing early sixteenth-century dress, including a 'kennel-shaped' head-dress with hair loose beneath. The low neckline of her dress reveals a cruciform pendant that she wears around her neck. The object has a cabled border on its lower edge. On the reverse there are two extant stitching loops, one at the top behind the head, and one in the left corner. A third loop is missing but a scar remains in the right corner where it was originally attached. The object has been bent at a point close to its centre, and may have been deliberately bent before being lost/deposited.


No exact parallel for this object could be found. It is reminiscent of pilgrims' badges, popular from the fourteenth century until the Reformation, though most are made of lead-alloy, not precious metal. James Robinson (British Museum) has suggested this 'badge' might be of St Ursula, due to its resemblance to the bust reliquary of a female saint, probably a companion of St Ursula, from the Netherlands, in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Alternatively it might be a secular item, of a (now) unknown female. Such badges were sewn on to textile clothing.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Include in MedArch

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Museum of Lancashire
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2011T344


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1530

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 45 mm
Width: 30 mm
Thickness: 10 mm
Weight: 16 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st June 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Stuart Noon
Identified by: Dr Michael Lewis
Secondary identifier: James Robinson

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2011T344

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: South Ribble (District)
To be known as: PRESTON

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Museum of Lancashire
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: Wednesday 1st June 2011
Updated: Thursday 28th February 2013

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